Word of the Month club: post-truth and the glass cliff


I’m sure you’ve read  that the Oxford Dictionary has chosen “post-truth” as its international word of the year. Post-truth refers to  “circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.

The word’s been around since 1992, when it was used in an essay about the Persian Gulf War, but  “We first saw the frequency really spike this year in June with buzz over the Brexit vote and Donald Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination…I wouldn’t be surprised if post-truth becomes one of the defining words of our time,” the Oxford Dictionaries president said.

Now what Gert wants to know is, what happens post post-truth?  Answers to Gert’s Peripatetic Philosophorium please  (quickly!)

Among other contenders for word of the year was “glass cliff”. We haven’t heard this one before:

glass cliff:
Used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high.


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7 thoughts on “Word of the Month club: post-truth and the glass cliff

    1. Either it’s a way of stopping you even getting up to the glass ceiling, or of making sure that only a superhuman woman can get up there. And then she has to break it with her head while she clings on to the glass cliff and kicks off the blokes trying to pull her down.

  1. Recrimination and/or Retribution might be what (eventually) follow/s Post-Truth. And maybe Reconciliation. But who knows?

    As for glass cliff, most people get dizzy just standing on a glass floor — do many get to walk over to stand at the cliff edge?

    1. I suppose we may live to find out. Yes, when you put the glass floor into the equation it all gets very slippery. But I think it’s men standing on the glass floor, which is the glass ceiling for women. No wonder they get dizzy and prefer not to look down.
      Do you think you could use crampons on a glass cliff?

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